To The Daily Sun,
It was front page news in your Tuesday (Oct. 14) edition that our local public access TV station (LRPA) has thrown a "Hail Mary" to stay on the air after Oct. 22. The Hail Mary amounts to billing the LRPA member communities the amounts they have paid in previous years, and then cross their fingers that the members will ante up as they have since LRPA was born in the mid-1990s.
I hope that the elected representatives in the member communities will bear in mind one matter that is very different from the years when they first paid their dues to LRPA. Back then, LRPA's three stations could only be received by residents who subscribed to cable television. In Alton that was something on the order of one-third of the households. So 100 percent of the taxpayers were paying for a benefit received by only a fraction of their neighbors.
In this day and age one does not need to be hooked up to cable to receive LRPA. If you are on the Internet (which must be virtually all taxpayers), LRPA is just a click or two away. That's for me, and I hope Alton contributes to keeping LRPA on the air.
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